updated 03:45 pm EST, Thu November 5, 2009
Likely related to anti-jailbreaking efforts
Apple is looking to hire a new iPhone manager with significant responsibilities, observers note. In particular the company is now searching for an "iPhone OS Platform Security Manager," who will be responsible for a team securing the booting, installation and running of the firmware. The worker is also expected to help plot a roadmap for iPhone security, and bring at least three years of experience running a development team, plus hands-on knowledge in designing against hardware and software exploits.
Although it is not known whether the recruitment is for a new position or an existing one, the successful candidate will likely be responsible for Apple's anti-jailbreaking efforts. The company has adamantly opposed jailbreaking for years, citing possible security threats which only recently became manifest. Each new iteration of the iPhone firmware has disrupted various jailbreaking tools, forcing matching updates to allow unofficial software to function.
Earlier this week a coder managed to crack both Apple's iPhone 3.1.2 firmware and the accompanying v05.11.07 baseband. Baseband upgrades are irreversible, making it impossible for a jailbreaker to reverse course if they accidentally upgrade to code which has not yet been hacked. Critics of Apple charge that the company is more concerned with losing revenue than deterring serious threats.